Air France to allow cell phones on planes?

by 1389 on January 2, 2008

in airlines and aviation, cellular, counterjihad, Europe, France, government regulation, mobile web, security, travel

Smiley with cell phone

That’s right: Air France to begin study of inflight cell phone use.

But don’t get too excited. The test will run for just six months, only within Europe, and only on the Airbus A-318. And the experience will be just as regimented and micromanaged as everything else having to do with air travel in the twenty-first century:

During the first three months of the study, passengers will be allowed only to send text messages and e-mails. But during the second three months (originally the study was scheduled to last a year), passengers will be allowed to make voice calls. According to Wi-Fi Net News, calls can only be made above 10,000 feet and depending on passenger feedback, cabin crew can disable the service at any time. As you may expect, the satellite calls will be $2.50 per minute. Also, passengers will not know they’re flying on the test aircraft until after they board.

Hmmm…wonder what would happen if a flight attendant were to overhear a passenger using a cell phone to complain to someone about the airline, the plane, or the flight crew?

Also see:

This just in (1/8/08):

How a backseat driver could bring terror to new Dreamliner

The technology used by the new generation of aircraft is now so advanced that aviation officials fear that terrorists could use it to fly the plane.>

Aviation regulators have refused to certify Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet until it redesigns its computer system to protect against such an event, The Times has learnt.

The Federal Aviation Authority is concerned that terrorists could use the Dreamliner’s in-flight internet system to connect to “systems critical to the safety and maintenance of the aircraft”.

In a report released last week, the FAA said that Boeing had left the pilots’ computers open to attack by connecting the Dreamliner’s entertainment system to the pilots’ controls.

A hacker with a computer and some IT training potentially could hijack the system from his seat.

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1 Badaoui April 23, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Air France is one of the worst companies I ever dealt with. I got stuck in Paris during the last strike in October. I had to take the train to London, spend the night and buy a Delta ticket the next day to get back to LA. They reimbursed me $37.00 of almost $2,000 that I spent. THAT’S HOW YOU SPELL CUSTOMER SERVICE AIR FRANCE STYLE!!!

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